Skep & Skein – Olympia, WA
2106 Harrison Ave NW
Olympia, WA 98502
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I was astounded 6 months ago when I finally found Skep & Skein. There it was: 15 taps of beer and mead goodness. The owner has a passion for meads (Skep) and his wife for the yarn (Skein). Right when you walk in, you find yourself immersed in beer signs, light music and a good crowd drinking beers from light ales to dark thick Stouts. And if you have a hankering for mead, you have come to the right place. Dave (Owner/Mead Brewer) has a knack for making the honey goodness. Last night was not my first time stopping at the Skep, but it was my first trying Dave’s own mead. I was told weeks before that the Mead would be served on Tuesday night, and to get there or I might miss out. I arrived a few hours after the first tapping and they had already blew through the first keg. I was sure glad Dave made plenty. From the second and last keg, I got this tulip glass with golden nectar. Ginseng Ginger Mead – this was Dave’s 3rd mead made at the Skep. My tasting notes:
Ginseng Ginger Mead – Skep & Skein
Aroma – Sweet clover honey with ginger and light ginseng in the nose.
Color – Golden, clear with no head.
Flavor – Sweet honey with ginger flavors. Ginseng is light, giving a light earthy bitter flavor.
Palate – Dry and sweet finish.
Overall – Sweet, easy drinking nice ginger flavors. This would be great with salmon, pasta and white sauce. I call this a great Lawnmower Mead.
Great mead and I can’t wait to try more from Skep & Skein. If find yourself in Olympia and need a mead and/or a good beer, Skep & Skein is the place. They are a member of the honest pint project, so you are sure to get a full 16 oz. pour. There are also 4oz pours available with the big strong beers so you are not staggering out the door after one beer. It’s a 21 and over place, and they keep it simple. No TV’s, the bartenders are friendly, and if you need food you’ll have to order from the sandwich shop next door – they deliver. There is also pizza near by. I for one am looking forward to watching this place develop into a fantastic beer/mead bar here in Olympia.